This photo was taken while hiking some very steep hills in the
Nepali countryside. I remember feeling exhausted by the time we
came to the crest of one particular hill I was rewarded,
however, with an incredible view of the Nepali landscape.
had not been alone in my climb. This region of Nepal is full of
small villages so its not uncommon to see locals trekking
through the hills. Sitting on the crest was a man, a young girl,
and the elderly woman in this photo. They were resting beside
a pile of luggage and baskets they had somehow managed to carry.
I asked if I could photograph them, and found they were happy
The sun was bright that day, and so the woman squinted as she
looked toward my camera. Thinking of the load she had carried
with her that day, I imagined she had endured a lot of hardship
in her life. To me, its the lines in her face that work
to tell her story.